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Today's Opinions

  • The newspaper myth dispelled, once and for all

    By WILLIAM E.N. HAWKINS
    National newspaper week, Oct. 2-8, is a time to celebrate the unique role newspapers play in our society and dispel the myth that they are going away.

    It may be difficult for some to see through the fog of recession and digital disruption, but if you look closely you’ll see that newspapers remain healthy.

    Despite the doomsayers, newspapers are actually growing readership as we find new ways to reach consumers.

    While overall revenues are down, so are expenses and most newspapers remain profitable. 

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Is Israel a state or a religion? Jews must decide

    Gentle reader, by the time you read this there may have been action on the application of the Palestinians to the United Nations for recognition as a state, but as it is written the matter has not yet been addressed.

    As you know, the Palestinians will ask the Security Council to be recognized as a sovereign state and admission to the world organization as a member state.

  • Looseleaf laureate by Terri Likens: Sometimes nature comes to you instead

    I’ve spent a lot of weekends away from home this summer.

    I swam in creeks and lakes, bicycled through Cades Cove, kayaked all over the region, hiked to the top of Mount LeConte and back the long way, house boated a couple of times and participated in a multitude of other hikes and rides.

    But on a recent weekend, nice as it was, I knew I needed to stay home and take care of chores.

  • Lack of response could have been the death of her

    I live in the city of Rockwood.

    On July 27, I fell at my home.

    Not knowing what was wrong with me, I called the fire department.

    I told them I had fallen and could not get up, and the person who answered the call said what do you want me to do about it?

    I said I thought they would come and help me up, and they said they didn’t do that and gave me a number to call.

    By then I had lost my eyesight, but I tried to call it. I don’t know who I called.

  • Books, reading program can make difference

    Love for reading is one of the most valuable gifts an adult can give to a child. That’s why I support the Roane Imagination Library.

    Every month, Roane Imagination Library mails a free book to every enrolled Roane County child aged birth to 5 years.

    In the past seven years, Roane Imagination Library has provided over 125,000 books to Roane County children.

    The Roane Imagination Library is a joint project of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the Tennessee Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation.

  • It sounds like a threat, but it really isn’t

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center

    When are words that seem threatening not legally a threat?

    A jury in Hartford, Conn., refused on Sept. 16 to convict blogger Hal Turner of charges stemming from online comments he made in 2009 urging others, in response to a new state law, to “take up arms and put down this tyranny by force” and that public officials should “obey the Constitution or die.”

  • Nuts & Bolts: It’s going to get a whole lot hotter in here

    After a lot of talk and visits by a multitude of contractors, our newspaper is taking another step forward.
    We are investing in technology that will allow us to eliminate one of the steps in getting the newspaper to you.
    For many years, we have been designing the newspaper on computers, then sending those “pages” to a machine that sets them on news-page-sized film.
    Then the film is used to make a thin, news-page-sized plate that attaches to the press and imprints the text and images that you see every week.

  • Writer looks for earthquake like one that created Reelfoot

    I was  reading the Sept. 14 edition of the Roane County News. The part that interested me was the article on “Earthquake danger still a question.”

    The professor in the article does not know his facts. Between mid-December 1811 and mid-March 1812, Tennessee experienced the massive earthquake that created Reelfoot Lake.

    I have no clue where he got his information, but he is wrong.

    It was so bad some of the tremors was felt all the way to Quebec City, Canada.